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  •  Don't break your arm (4+ / 0-)
    Our positive thinkers have been slacking real hard on #2, or they would already be in complete agreement with progressives who have given stellar counsel all along, who’ve predicted the outcomes of this administration’s less-than-half-measures, yet continue to be ignored by this administration.

    patting yourself on the back.

    Basically you're saying that the only people that have been thinking since this administration has been in place, are the self-described progressives.

    Then you conclude if the fawning stupids had been thinking then they would be in complete agreement with the "stellar counsel... who've predicted the outcomes of this administrations less-than-half-measures."

    Reforming healthcare and overhauling 1/6 of the economy, is not less than a half measure, even if you completely hate the President, which I'm not saying that you do. It's just an example of unnecessary, innaccurate unproductive rhetoric that has become acceptable in criticism of this administration on the pages of Daily Kos.

    Let's look at some highlights of the stellar counsel.

    'Get rid of Lieberman.' Yet he was instrumental in ending DADT.

    'The stimulus should have been bigger.'

    The amount that passed was the amount that could get through. There was no suggestion from "stellar" counsellors as to how actually get a bigger stimulus passed, just constant demands from stellar counselors, saying it should have been bigger.

    The end result of the stimulus was growth in the GDP after months of stagnation, 2 million jobs added and 100,000 jobs being added per month for the last 6 months.

    It has helped more than people want to admit.

    Gallup: U.S. Job Creation Index Highest Since September 2008

    Job conditions similar across all regions of the U.S.
    by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist

    PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup's Job Creation Index was at +15 in June. While this does not differ much from the +14 of May or the +13 of April, it is the highest since September 2008's +16.

    http://www.gallup.com/...

    'This crap sandwich, half-measure healthcare "reform" means the death of single payer'

    Yet precisely because of the provisions in the healthcare reform passed, states like Vermont and California, can get a waiver that allows for single payer. Potentially every state could opt for single payer. States that don't opt for single payer will lose their attractiveness compared to states that do.

    Yet continually we're told that whatever good came from this healthcare reform was nothing to be proud of, as it basically was a giveaway to the health insurance industry. Yet it allows for single payer. Yet it's a giveaway. Yet it allows for single payer. You get the point. This conversation gets tiresome when it is divorced from what is actually happening.

    If there is a groundswell of support for single payer as polling and DKos advocates suggest, then the onus is on progressives to make it happen in their states. Or not. The other option is diary and comment that the President killed all chances for single payer and to constantly hold his feet to the fire and never your own or the voters you share a state with.

    Starting July 1, 2011, people [with pre-existing conditions] applying for coverage can simply provide a letter from a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner dated within the past 12 months stating that they have or, at any time in the past, had a medical condition, disability, or illness.  Applicants will no longer have to wait on an insurance company to send them a denial letter....

    Premiums will drop as much as 40 percent in 17 states and the District of Columbia.  These premium decreases help bring PCIP premiums closer to the rates in each state’s individual insurance market; in the six states where PCIP premiums were already well-aligned with state premiums, premiums will remain the same.

    The unimpeachable counsel that you celebrate as more intelligent than the emotional stupids on this site, would have insisted that the President not to have paved the way for single-payer and not to have covered those with pre-existing conditions. To not do anything, unless it included Medicare for All or the public option that was passed by the House.

    Mind you, the public option that was the rallying cry of DKos progressives, would have only covered 6 million people (as those with insurance from their employers were ineligible to use the public "option") and therefore would not have been significant enough to reduce premiums.

    In other words, the public option that was the rallying cry of stellar counsellors, was neither public, nor an option, for all but 6 million Americans, so it would not have done what progressives said it would do: dramatically reduce premiums.

    Then there's the Rachel Maddow speech from the Oval Office after the BP spill that progressives were so taken by, that some felt that she should run for office.

    Turns out she and none of the progressives that felt the President blew a golden opportunity to secure help for the Gulf, were unaware that the President had secured $20 billion for victims of the BP spill.

    A lot has been accomplished in 2.5 years. A lot more than some DKos progressives, but thankfully not most, care to admit. That doesn't change the truth though. Steady progress is being made whether some progressives want to admit or not. That's not just happy talk. It's verifiable.

    “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction... but everything else requires time." - First Lady Michelle Obama

    by FiredUpInCA on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 03:24:38 PM PDT

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    •  What I would have liked to have seen done on the (5+ / 0-)

      stimulus package was the President put forth the Democrats stand and bill, put it to Congress and let the chips fall as is.  Then go back and put together what could be passed and 'shout' from the rooftops that Republicans and x refused to do what was needed and this is all we could get, I'm sorry.  Do you realize just how far that would go with the people that have a clue as to what's going on??

      •  Did you mean (1+ / 0-)
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        What I would have liked to have seen done on the stimulus package was the President put forth the Democrats stand and bill, put it to Congress and let the chips fall as is.  Then go back and put together what could be passed and 'shout' from the rooftops that Republicans and x refused to do what was needed and this is all we could get, I'm sorry.  Do you realize just how far that would go with the people that don't have a clue as to what's going on??

        If so, it sounds like your wishing that there had been better messaging.

        Messaging isn't what this diary is addressing. This diary is saying that praising the genuine progress that has occurred in the last two years is mindless happy talk that enable bad policy.

        I reject that.

        I reject that little progress has been made and I reject that acknowledging or praising the progress that has been made has enabled bad policy.

        “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction... but everything else requires time." - First Lady Michelle Obama

        by FiredUpInCA on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 04:01:39 PM PDT

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        •  You're correction is correct.... thinking faster (5+ / 0-)

          than my fingers can type.

          Maybe it's the messaging that I'd like to see changed.  The president has a bully pulpit.  He can use it to pound in the fact that there are Republicans and many Democrats that want to see the plutocrats take over and he can say it in a way that even the most clueless can get it.  Yet, we hear very, very little out of the White House and Democratic leadership.

          While the administration and Democrats in general got what they could, I really wouldn't call it a sterling example of progress.  Some progress, yes.  Better than no progress.  But, not enough progress.

          •  Reccing you (1+ / 0-)
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            Because while you see things completely differently than I do, you civilly and clearly state what you think the administration's shortcomings are. When I process the totality of what has been accomplished, in the politically toxic, media-biased, context in which these negotiations took place, I do think the progress has been sterling. We just see things the same set of facts differently.

            “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction... but everything else requires time." - First Lady Michelle Obama

            by FiredUpInCA on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 04:34:37 PM PDT

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